Snapchat – Photo & Video App Review

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Snapchat is a social media application designed for teenagers and users to exchange picture messages, text messages, videos, and even live video chat. One can post pictures and videos to their “story” which means that everyone can open the snap and re-see it over and over again. Snapchat is constantly adding new and cool features every month and the constantly changing technology helps the social media app fly.

What You Need To Know As A Parent

As a parent, you should be well aware of the dangers that are involved in snapchat. The dangers include abuse of privacy and sexual content.There is a lot of sexual content available and use of bad language very easy to find. We strongly advise that children who are not in high school do not use this app. “Sexting” has become popular with snapchat because the pictures are not initially stored on the receivers phone. The intentions of snapchat were always supposed to be good, pure, and for entertaining communication. Many people abuse this use and turn it very dark. There are bad accounts that are found very easily whether they add you as a friend or you search for their account. The abuses include porn, sexual pictures, smoking, bad language, and more. The pictures and videos sent in snapchat cannot be saved, and they are only visible for up to 10 seconds. They can be screenshotted and saved by the other end, but if not, the picture disappears from the receivers screen and cannot be gained back in any way. Although there are many other apps that hack the program and can save snaps and store them, many people do not know how to use them. åÊBe sure to monitor who your child is friends with on snapchat and who they snapchat on a daily basis if they are in danger of getting any negativity from the specific app. It is a temporary and entertaining way of talking to your friends and exploring. This app is for children 16+ but we strongly suggest they are mature and older than middle school to use this with a monitored account.

Content Overview ofåÊSnapchat

Making a snapchat account is easy and fast. All you need is your email, username, password, and phone number. Adding your phone number to your account is for your benefit because snapchat connects to your contacts to your friends on snapchat and give you an option to add them to your friend list. You can add friends by username, contacts, or snap code. All you need to do for snap code is to take a picture of their profile page and the option to add them pops up automatically. Upon opening the app, the camera feature comes up automatically. When you take it you can then chose who to send it to. It can go to however many people you have or it can go to just one person. Filters are now available on snapchat which allow you to edit the photo before sending it out. There is an option for front or back camera, as well as flash or no flash. One cool feature is to put the front camera on a face and hold your finger down on the face to focus it. Then, a whole bunch of features and filters come up to play around with. With each option, it distorts and adds features to and around your face with the opening of the mouth or the raising of the eyebrows. Things like putting a halo on your head or barfing a rainbow or even making you look like an old man. The funny features give snapchat a step up in the social media world because of these things it offers upon making a creation. Along with the features, you can draw on the picture with an color on the color wheel. You use your finger as a paintbrush and slide your finger to make a color. When you post a picture to your story, which is an option on the picture and on the sharing page, it lasts for 24 hours for all of your friends to see, but you can delete it and monitor who see’s it. You can chose the option for custom story sharing which can block anyone you would like from seeing what you post to the web. Turning on location in the app opens up new filters for every area. If you are in Philly or New York City, then those specific stamps come up on the filter options to place on your picture. Every airport and traveling agency has them for entertainment and advertisement. You can add friends as well as deny their friend request. You can absolutely monitor your friends, who can send you snapchats, and how you use the application to the best way you want to.  

Our Opinion Of The App

For snapchats great entertainment and constant updates, we give it a 4/5 overall experience.The popular social media application is used by many and has the ability to share in the moment pictures, videos, and messages relating to anything of you choice. The learning rating of snapchat is a 0/5, but it is not designed for learning, it is designed for social media and entertainment. We do strongly advise that a person using this app should be 16 or older.

App Ratings

  • Overall “Kid Friendly” Rating 15%
  • Amount of violence 50%
  • Level of sexual content 75%
  • Use of bad language 80%


Photo & Video



iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android



Snapchat, Inc.





Age Appropriateness

Age 16+


Most information found on Snapchat is found from various websites. If you are still concerned and unsure if your child should purchase this app then you can go and check out CommonSenseMedia and read their information on Snapchat. If that still is not enough information for you then you can always go type exactly what your concern is about Snapchat on Google.